When I saw Hard Candy, I was blown away by Ellen Page's carefully controlled performance as a young girl who embarks on a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a man who trolls the internet for 14-year-old girls. I knew when I saw her in that film that she had a good career ahead of her, if she'd make some good choices around future scripts. Looks like she's done just that (I'm generously overlooking her role as Kitty Pryde in X-Men -- she was underused there), because she has no fewer than six films lined up.
Page is making some really smart decisions with her scripts -- she's mixing it up enough not to get herself boxed into one type of role, she's got a Sundance film, a mainstream film, and some decidedly edgier fare all upcoming. Page is one of the actresses I'll be watching with the most interest in 2007; here's what she has upcoming, so you can get her on your radar (if she's not there already):
First up for Page is An American Crime (pictured above), which debuts at Sundance. Film is based on a true story from 1965 Indiana about a housewife who kept a teenage girl, Sylvia Likens, locked in her basement. Page was reportedly the only choice to play Likens, and she co-stars with Catherine Keener, who plays Gertrude Baniszewski, the 37-year-old woman who led a pack of teenagers and children as young as 11 and 12 (some her own kids, and others just kids in the neighborhood) in the escalating beating, torture and eventual death of the 16-year-old, in one of the worst torture-murder cases in American history. In an interesting bit of casting, typically "nice boy" Jeremy Sumpter, who was fantastic in the title role in 2003's Peter Pan, takes on the role of Coy Hubbard, the 16-year-old boyfriend of Stephanie Baniszewski, who was one of the worst of Syliva's abusers, repeatedly practicing Judo on her by throwing her into walls.